Vols Commitment Booth Already Parrots Jones
By Dan Harralson
When it comes to recruiting, Butch Jones is coming through.
Dominique Booth, a four-star wide receiver who committed to Tennessee on July 19, talked to Football.com about his decision.
"I've known Coach Jones for a long time," Booth said. "He started recruiting me the summer after my freshman year when (he) was at Cincinnati. Coach (Steve) Stripling (Tennessee defensive line coach) really did not recruit me until about a year ago.
"Coach (Zach) Azzanni (Tennessee wide receivers coach), when he was at Wisconsin, he recruited me really hard up there. I realized I was close with their system. Obviously Wisconsin was a pounding type of team."
Helping resurrect the storied Tennessee program interested Booth, who hails from Indianapolis.
"It was just the right place and Tennessee was just five hours away and two hours away from my mom's house. And it's the SEC," Booth said. "I know the offense they run, which is the same offense we run at Pike (High School). It's just a perfect situation."
With offers from Alabama, Boston College, California and Cincinnati, it seems a given the receiver must want to help bring back Tennessee football.
"Our goal is to win championships and do big things," Booth continued. "Especially with the class we're bringing in now and the one coming in behind us is already doing pretty well. Coach Jones says if we do the right things we can do it."
Brick-by-brick is the motto Jones gives out, and the recruits understand the value in it.
"We all know what we have to do and what we're trying to accomplish on and off the field. We're on the same page. We all know we have a special opportunity to start something new and bring back something that lost a little bit at Tennessee," Booth said.
The receiver position is shaping up quickly in this signing class and will feature Booth's talents.
"I'm more of an athlete/receiver because I can go inside and outside. I can do multiple things by stretching upfield and doing underneath stuff," the four-star receiver said. "With me, I'm six feet even and 200 pounds. The perfect size."